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Daniel Kahneman Receives 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom

Nov 21, 2013
B. Rose Huber | (609) 258-0157
Woodrow Wilson School

PRINCETON, NJ—Daniel Kahneman, Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton and a professor emeritus of psychology and public affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School, is among the 16 recipients selected for the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. The medal, presented by the White House, is the nation's highest honor for individuals who've made contributions to U.S. culture, politics, sports and science. 

Kahneman won the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work in applied cognitive psychology with Amos Tversky, a cognitive and mathematical psychologist. Together, Kahneman and Tversky applied cognitive psychology to economic analysis, opening up the world to a new field of research. Kahneman joins 15 other recipients for the Medal of Freedom, including President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Gloria Steinem.

"Kahneman is a leader in the fields of cognitive psychology and behavioral economics and truly sparked a behavioral policy revolution," said WWS Dean Cecilia Rouse. "We're honored to have him among our faculty at the Wilson School and proudly congratulate him on receiving such a prestigious honor — the highest given by the President to a U.S. civilian."

In 2011, Kahneman was named to Foreign Policy magazine's list of top global thinkers. In that same year, his book, "Thinking, Fast and Slow," was published and became a best seller. In addition to his work at Princeton, he is a founding partner of The Greatest Good, a business and philanthropy consulting company.

He has held academic positions at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the University of British Columbia, and the University of California, Berkeley. Kahneman is a member of the National Academy of Science, the Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Society of Experimental Psychologists and the Econometric Society. He has been the recipient of many awards, among them the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association and the Grawemeyer Prize, both jointly with Amos Tversky, along with the Warren Medal of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, the Hilgard Award for Career Contributions to General Psychology, and the Lifetime Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association. He holds honorary degrees from numerous Universities.

President Barack Obama awarded the recipients at a black-tie event at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on Nov. 20. The Presidential Medal of Freedom for 2013 honors the memory of President John F. Kennedy, who signed an executive order shortly before his death creating the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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